Some time last year I decided that, in the future I would only teach jewelry making in my own studio. I really like small flexible classes. In my own studio I specialize in customizing the teaching to the student, so if he/she shows an interest in working a slightly different way - off we go. That's my idea of fun! But off-site I can't go in a new direction because I'm limited by the (HEAVY METAL!) tools and materials that I haul with me as well as time constraints and class size.
So I take it back! I wanna play that game, too. I'll still teach the more in-depth things in my own studio but I'm looking forward to this new perspective. I'm developing projects that use as few tools as possible, use inexpensive materials, and look like they take a bit of skill but are actually surprisingly simple. Those are the kind of things I gravitated to when I first started learning myself. If all goes well newbies should be able to surprise themselves and create something they're proud of while more experienced folks can pick up some new techniques. And of course, we all have a good time. Here's our first project. Students will each make at least one pair of earrings and one pendant using the caged bead technique.
If you'll be in the area on April 28th, you might want to join us for jewelry making and wine tasting. You can find out more about the class and/or register by going here. In fact, Art Uncorked! classes of various types are offered almost every Saturday. You can check the AAV calendar to see what's scheduled. New classes are posted regularly. A significant portion of the Art Uncorked! proceeds goes directly to our all-volunteer, non-profit AAV Art Center so it's a great way to support the arts in northern Michigan.